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18 Award-Winning Wildlife Photos From the GDT Photo Awards

  The Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) recently announced the winners of the ‘European Wildlife Photographer of the Year' competition they carry out every year, and we're super excited to share them with you. This year’s voting process was somewhat different, as the COVID-19 pandemic made the judges select the most distinguished pieces online instead of the typical official ceremony. Still, the votes are in, and of the 5.000 entries collected across 7 categories, this year’s winner is a photo of a surprised hare in a field by the German photographer Peter Lindel. Admire this and 17 other astonishing finalists and winners of this competition below.

1. Overall Winner, Mammals: “A hare's dream” by Peter Lindel 

Artist's Comment: A European hare in the north of Dortmund, Germany.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Peter Lindel 
Image Source: Peter Lindel/ GDT

2. 5th Place, Landscapes: “Yukon Gold Rush” by Axel Gomeringer

Artist's Comment: Tombstone Territorial Park.

3. 3rd Place, Other Animals: “School of mackerel” by Henry Jager

Artist's Comment: School of mackerel, Cocos Island.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Henry Jager
Image Source: Henry Jager/ GDT

4. 4th Place, Other Animals: "Toad King" by Kevin Prönnecke

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Kevin Prönnecke

Image Source: Kevin Prönnecke/ GDT
 

5. Winner, Special Category - Water: “The Play of Water” by Britta Strack

Artist's Comment: Hraunfossar, Iceland.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Britta Strack
Image Source: Britta Strack/ GDT

6. Winner, Birds: “Take Off” by Flurin Leugger 

Artist's Comment: Coyote panics geese.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Flurin Leugger
Image Source: Flurin Leugger/ GDT

7. 5th Place, Mammals: "Eyelashes" by Herman Hirsch

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Herman Hirsch

Image Source: Herman Hirsch/ GDT

 

8. 6th Place, Landscapes: "Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption" by Kerstin Langenberger

9. 8th Place, Plants, And Fungi: "Raso De La Bruma" by Stefan Pütz-Cordes

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Stefan Pütz-Cordes

10. 7th Place, Mammals: "Close-Up" by Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld

11. Winner, Nature’s Studio: “Flooded with light” by Jan Piecha

Artist's Comment: Blackbird, North Hesse.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Jan Piecha
Image Source: Jan Piecha/ GDT

12. 4th Place, Birds: “Ducks” by Christoph Kaula

Artist's Comment: Tufted ducks and pochards.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Christoph Kaula
Image Source: Christoph Kaula/ GDT

13. 4th Place, Landscapes: "Into The Sea" by Uwe Hasubek

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Uwe Hasubek

Image Source: Uwe Hasubek/ GDT

14. 4th Place, Nature's Studio: "Stargazer" by Christian Wappl

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Christian Wappl

Image Source: Christian Wappl/ GDT

15. 2nd Place, Landscapes: “Masai Mara sky” by Jose Fragozo

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Jose Fragozo
Image Source: Jose Fragozo/ GDT

16. Winner, Plants and Fungi: “New life in a dead forest” by Radomir Jakubowski

Artist's Comment: Dead forest, Bavaria.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Radomir Jakubowski

17. 4th Place, Mammals: “Curious glances” by Jan Piecha

Artist's Comment: Raccoons, North Hesse.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Jan Piecha
Image Source: Jan Piecha/ GDT

18. Winner, Other Animals: “Danger in the mud” by Jens Cullmann

Artist's Comment: A crocodile in a drying pool.

2020 GDT Nature Photo Awards Jens Cullmann
Image Source: Jens Cullmann/ GDT
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